Midland residents warned to wash hands, food following recent wave of gastrointestinal infections

Midland residents warned to wash hands, food following recent wave of gastrointestinal infections
(Source: Raycom Media)

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - Midland health officials are warning residents to wash their hands and their food following a recent increase in infectious gastroenteritis cases.

A release from the City of Midland stated that several cases have been reported in the Permian Basin.

Gastrointestinal infections may produce one or more of the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, nausea or abdominal pain.

Symptoms usually occur one to three days after contact with the offending agent, and the illness lasts an average of four to seven days.

City officials said the best defense against the illness is prevention by effective hand washing with plenty of soap and warm water and washing all vegetables and fruits, including melons.

City of Midland Health & Senior Services officials are interviewing patients within the community to help identify any common source of infection. Interviews that have been conducted to this point have not indicated that the illness is stemming from any particular food establishment.

Health officials said Gastroenteritis usually is self-limiting, meaning it will resolve on its own without specific treatment. Reasons to seek medical attention include more than 24 hours of vomiting or diarrhea, fever or abdominal pain and mild cramping.

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